How does Play Therapy help with childhood trauma?

How does Play Therapy help with childhood trauma?

If you have ever tried to help loved ones experiencing prolonged, acute stress or someone trying to deal with a past traumatic experience, you may have noticed and realised that talking to them doesn’t seem to yield much success. These issues can so deeply affect people that verbalising them may be so difficult that it no longer becomes an option.

Play Therapy taps into the process to affect healing and recovery for children suffering from PTSD or trauma. It’s a form of psychotherapy and counselling that uses play in a non-directed method to allow the Child to lead therapy sessions. This process reveals and reflect the child’s behaviour back in such a way that the child can confront their own behaviour, giving the therapist a powerful diagnostic tool to determine the cause for any issues.

Play therapy allows people who are experiencing emotional or behavioural issues to open up their emotions in the safe space of the ‘playroom’, where they are allowed to face their thoughts and emotions nonverbally.

  • Play allows children to better manage their own actions, and can decrease undesirable behaviour
  • Play allows children to develop creative problem solving abilities.
  • Play allows children to learn about empathy and respect for feelings of others by giving them space to get in touch with their own thoughts and feelings.

PTUK’s Research has found Play Therapy to be an effective therapeutic approach for children.

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Parents also reported pronounced improvements to their children’s emotional outlook, better overall conduct, and improved relationships with their peers.

Watch the video below to see what a professional Play Therapist, KATE MACAIRT, has to say.

College of Allied Educators offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills, training participants to effectively use therapeutic play skills to provide emotional and psychological support to children.

This certificate leads to our Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, which accredits and recognises you as a Certified Play Therapist internationally.


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